2018 Jeep Wrangler To Debut At LA Auto Show
The upcoming and highly anticipated 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. That’s the official word from Jeep CEO Mike Manley, originating from an interview with Auto Express. What’s more, Manley confirmed the Wrangler will have a hybrid powertrain option, the details of which will be announced before the end of 2017. Thankfully, the Wrangler will still have the rugged looks and off-road capability of the current Wrangler JK we’ve come to love, but with healthy updates to both styling details and interior NVH.
“It’s definitely going to move the game along but you will absolutely know it’s a Wrangler – for sure! If we did anything that departed from the Wrangler formula I don’t think I’d be able to get out of the States,” said Manley, a native of Great Britain. It’s clear the next-generation Wrangler will have a familiar shape thanks to numerous spy shots of prototype vehicles seen scurrying around Detroit. However, improvements to the Wrangler’s everyday livability will be a welcomed addition. “You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things, said Mike Manley. “I’m very pleased with where it is.”
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2017 Jeep Compass
The Compass has long been Jeep’s leader in the compact crossover segment, slotted between the Patriot and Cherokee in terms of pricing and functionality. Now, 10 years after its initial introduction, Jeep is releasing the second-generation Compass for the 2017 model year. The U.S.-spec Compass debuted at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show and proved the Grand Cherokee’s aesthetics work well in a smaller package.
An all-new design brings a welcomed exterior update to the crossover, along with an interior modeled after the Cherokee. A total of 17 powertrain options will be selectively available to the 100-plus global markets Jeep is selling to. Here in the U.S., however, the Compass is solely powered by a revised version of FCA’s 2.4-liter Tigershark turbo-four. Two automatics and a manual transmission are available, as is front-wheel drive and two versions of Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.
The Compass will come in Jeep’s wide range of trim levels, including the base Sport, the mid-grade Latitude, the luxury-minded Limited, and the off-road ready Trailhawk. This will mark the first time the Trailhawk trim will be offered on the Compass, telling of the Compass’ improved off-road prowess.
Jeep says the all-new Compass is capable of getting 30 mpg on the highway, though that’s likely with the FWD model. Production for the North American market will take place in Mexico. Sales will begin sometime in early 2017, though Jeep gave no official date during the L.A. Auto Show.
Jeep boss Mike Manley says, “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4x4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design.”
With that, let’s dive into the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
Update 02/24/2017: Jeep has announced official pricing for the 2017 Compass. Prices start at $22,090 and range to slightly more than $30,000. Read below for the full pricing breakdown.
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2017 Jeep Compass Arrives In L.A. with Grand Cherokee-inspired Design and Trailhawk Model
Launched in 2006 alongside the Patriot, the Compass was Jeep’s smallest modern crossover until the Renegade was launched in 2014. Come 2016, and the Compass received a much-deserved redesign that brings it into the 21st century design- and technology-wise. The crossover was initially unveiled in September 2016 in Brazil, but it has now made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Criticized for not looking like a true Jeep and lacking the off-road capability of other vehicles from the brand, the Compass was overhauled into a crossover that appears to fit much better in the brand’s current lineup. Not surprisingly, it looks a lot like a shrunken Grand Cherokee, but that’s a good thing. Let’s face it, the SUV’s aggressive front fascia looks pretty hot and works well with the Compass’ narrower, yet still imposing front view. Around back, it has a more Fiat-inspired, European stance that reminds me of the Cherokee, but it’s a massive improvement compared to the dull rear end of the first-generation model.
For the first time, the Compass gets a Trailhawk model, which comes with unique fascias, a revised suspension, Hill Descent Control and Rock Mode with the Selec-Terrain system, which, and a 20:1 crawl ratio. Sweet!
Inside, there a pretty simple looking dashboard that feels modern and more upscale than the outgoing model. Jeep offers three center LCD screen sizes, starting with a five-inch unit for the base model. The seven- and 8.4-inch touchscreens are optional. The same goes for the instrument cluster, with a standard 3.5-inch display and an optional seven-inch unit. Jeep also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two apps that are mandatory for any automaker that wants to stay relevant.
In the U.S., the new Compass will get its juice from the familiar 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine. The mill is rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, an eight-horsepower and 10-pound-foot update. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual with either two- or four-wheel-drive, a six-speed automatic for FWD versions, and a nine-speed auto for all-wheel-drive models only.
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2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude
Jeep announced two new special edition Renegades ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, each with their own unique personality and style. The Renegade Deserthawk is all about off-roading, while this, the 2017 Renegade Altitude is all about street cred with its murdered-out appearance. The Renegade Altitude continues Jeep’s use of the Altitude name and blacked-out styling cues, though this si the first time we’ve seen such a package on the Renegade.
“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. Manley says the Renegade Altitude is “for customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance,” and mentions that this special-edition model builds off the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.
The 2017 Renegade Altitude is based off the Renegade’s Latitude trim level and brings many of the same features found on that model. These things include the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with its MultiAir2 valvetrain system, a six-speed manual transmission, and standard features that include ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go. The Renegade Altitude can also be had with the 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and FCA’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Optional with either powertrain is Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD system.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude will go on sale beginning in November 2016 for a starting price of $22,390. That represents a $995 increase over the 2016 Renegade Latitude model. There’s a ton more information about the 2017 Renegade Altitude, so keep reading for the full run-down.
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2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
Jeep announced two new special-edition Renegade models ahead of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show – the 2017 Renegade Altitude and this, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk. Playing off Jeeps current “-hawk” naming scheme, the Deserthawk brings a slew of minor upgrades that form a rather complete and intriguing special-edition trim. Best of all, this production Jeep is birthed directly from the 2015 Renegade Desert Hawk concept Jeep built for the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari.
This goes to show that Jeep takes its concept vehicles very seriously. While some might be on the wild side, others have the ability to transition into production. That’s exactly the case with the Renegade Deserthawk. Even down to the paint color and graphics package, this production Jeep mirrors the once one-off custom upgrades found on the 2015 concept.
“The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.
Jeep is going so far an announcing pricing and release dates. Yep, the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk carries a base price of $28,140 and will be available come January of 2017. There’s a ton more information Jeep announced about this special-edition model, so keep reading for the full scoop.
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT might not be creating the biggest headlines from FCA’s SRT department, but the 475-horsepower, AWD SUV is no doubt worthy of conversation. That’s even more true with the Grand Cherokee SRT’s new special edition trim package called “Night.” Simple yet effective, it seems.
Though much of the Jeep’s underpinnings remain unchanged, this appearance package does add several new features and eye-catching upgrades. Starting up top, the Grand Cherokee SRT Night comes with a blacked-out roof, rear spoiler, and matching B- and C-pillars. The front and rear Jeep badges also get the treatment. Those upgrades match the already-black grille and lower fascias front and rear.
On the more useful side, the wheels are new, lightweight units that Jeep calls “5Ten” due to the split, five-spoke design. Measuring 20-inches in diameter, the Satin Black wheels match the other blacked-out exterior cues. Jeep also gloats the wheels help show off the red calipers and slotted rotors that come standard from Brembo.
Not too much has changed within the Grand Cherokee’s cabin. The black Laguna Leather seats come with silver accent stitching and light black chrome bezels for an extra pop. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system still presides over the center dashboard, while the driver gets his own configurable TFT display in the gauge cluster.
Along with the 475 horses, the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 turns out 470 pound-feet of torque that helps the full-size SUV hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in the mid-13-second range. Top speed is listed at 160 mph.
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Jeep has no shortage of special edition models and trim levels for is popular Wrangler. Still, another has been added – this time, though, its name doesn’t quite match its styling. Called the Wrangler Backcountry, this option package is offered in a paint named Xtreme Purple and comes with 1990s-style graphics that would look more at home on a Jetski.
Ok, so the Wrangler Backcountry can be had in other colors, too, including Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, and Granite Crystal. The funky graphics remain regardless. Inside, the Wrangler get’s a somewhat bespoke interior with piano black AC vent rings, door pulls and grab handles. Accent stitching on the leather seats with sport mesh inserts is called Diesel Gray.
The Backcountry edition is based on the Wrangler Sahara, meaning it comes standard with a respectable number of options like Bluetooth connectivity, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, and a hard top. Opting for the Backcountry does come with several bonuses, including Wrangler Rubicon-style, 17-inch wheels with BF Goodrich’s new All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, high-strength steel bumpers front and rear, and Rubicon-style rock sliders to protect the body. Sahara-style steps can be added at no additional cost.
Underneath all those graphics and extra interior bits is a standard Jeep Wrangler. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 still produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and the Command-Trac 4WD system still features 2.72:1 gears. Though Jeep doesn’t specify, the Wrangler Backcountry likely comes standard with the six-speed manual transmission while the five-speed automatic is optional.
Prices aren’t announced, but expect the Backcountry edition to start around $29,000 for the two-door and $33,000 for the four-door version.
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Jeep found a very cool way to pay tribute to the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles used during the World War II with the unveiling of the special-edition Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. The model is based on the Wrangler Sport model and features a series of upgrades that help to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup.
Under the hood, the special Wrangler keeps the usual 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Pentastar mates to a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission.
The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will make its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow, and it will hit the market in early 2014. Prices will start from $25,795 for two-door models and from $29,595 for the Unlimited (four-door) model.
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About a decade ago, Jeep came out with a pretty smart idea. With the Wrangler serving the purpose as the brand’s resident off-road warrior, the automaker decided to introduce a new variant of the Wrangler. Jeep called it the "Rubicon" model, an ode to the one of the most grueling off-road trails in the world.
A decade later and the Wrangler Rubicon is as popular as it was — maybe even more — than when it first came out. To pay tribute to the popular off-road vehicle, Jeep has decided to bestow it with the honor of having a 10th Anniversary model.
As such, the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is born.
Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep, knows the significance of the model to the brand’s most passionate enthusiasts. "This [special edition] Wrangler Rubicon is for them," Manley said.
"It is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after; a Wrangler that offers an unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world."
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Jeep is preparing for the upcoming winter with a special edition Liberty Arctic that will be revealed at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. This special edition takes its inspiration from the Europe-bound Wrangler Arctic and will arrive in Jeep showrooms this month.
The Liberty Arctic will be available in four exterior colors - Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White, and Mineral Gray - combined with "Arctic" badges on the front fenders and semi-gloss black 16-inch aluminum wheels with center caps painted semi-gloss black. The exterior also features deep tint glass and tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps, and standard fog lamps.
The interior of the Liberty Arctic will feature a black and orange color scheme to offset the exterior. The vehicle’s seats will be covered in black vinyl with an "Arctic" logo in the seat back. Arctic Orange accent stitching can be found on the seat backs, cushions, and headrests.
The list of standard equipment for the Jeep Liberty Arctic includes gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, Media Center 430 touch-screen with a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, and Mopar slush mats with white "Jeep" lettering.
Pricing for the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic will be announced at a later date.
The second special edition to be revealed by Jeep at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the Liberty Jet. The new Jet package adds a price of $1,495 to the Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited models. It is available in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.
On the exterior the new Jeep Liberty Jet will be distinguished by 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires, a chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps, blacked-out headlamps, and unique Jet badges.
For the interior, the package adds a 9-speaker premium audio system, a standard security system that includes supplemental side-curtain air bags, and Park Sense rear park assist. Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching is available, as is heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger. The final touch on the interior is the leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
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Jeep will be coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show with some new special editions that have been added to their 2011 model line-up. The first of them is the Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, priced at $42,495 for 4x2 models, and $45,995 for 4x4 versions.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit special edition will be distinguished by a unique front appearance with a fully chromed grille and fog lamp bezels, 20-inch bright, polished aluminum wheels, and a unique Black Olive burl real wood trim blended into the instrument panel for the interior. The wood trim is also used on the standard, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel.
Standard equipment will include an Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group, which consists of Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-path detection systems. The new special edition will also be offered with special Mineral Gray, White Gold, and Black exterior colors.
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